- What is Freemasonry? -
Have you ever wondered, "What is Freemasonry?"
Or why so many great men throughout history have been Freemasons?
Freemasonry is a traditional initiatic order. It is a beautiful system of morals, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.
Freemasons are joined together globally by shared ideals of both a moral and a metaphysical nature.
Freemasonry's initiatory system of degrees, or morality plays, is designed to teach and explore ethical and philosophical matters of three basic virtues: brotherly love, relief, and truth.
A complete understanding of Freemasonry is difficult to achieve, if not impossible. Freemasonry is a complex living tradition of a non-dogmatic nature. As one works through the degrees, one studies the lessons and interprets them for oneself. There are as many ways to interpret the rituals as there are Masons, and no Mason may dictate to any other how he is to interpret them. The symbols and the lessons they teach aid each Mason in coming to his own conclusions to life's important questions. Thus, some Masons are concerned with charity and philanthropy, some with fraternity, and others with philosophy.
One idea that all Masons accept is that Freemasonry, itself, is large enough to accommodate each kind of Mason. The diversity of Freemasonry is its strength. We are all bound together by our endeavors to polish and adorn our minds, bodies, and spirit in our pursuit of more light.
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Read below to learn more about our ancient Fraternity and why millions of men from every social, political, and religious background become Freemasons and how to become a part of it!